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Flatboatmen of the Frontier


Published 1941


Presents a phase of pioneer agricultural economy in the early nineteenth century. Portrays Ohio Valley farmers as they fell trees, prepare the lumber, and build a flatboat to carry their produce down the river to market.


Run time 10:18
Producer ERPI Classroom Films, Inc.
Audio/Visual sound, b&w

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Reviewer: Christine Hennig - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 1, 2006
Subject: Better Than That BOAT Ya Got There!
This ERPI film profiles Ohio Valley farmers of the early 19th century, and how they would take their products to market on handmade flatboats. This gets a bit livelier than the usual ERPI fare, as they allow the flatboatmen to speak in several scenes, and boy, are they characters. These historical ERPI films that try to recreate the way people lived at various points in American history are starting to grow on me. They did these recreations fairly well considering that they probably didnât have much of a budget to work with.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.
Reviewer: Ray Double - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 10, 2005
Subject: Hey, nice hemp you got there.
After watching this 10 minute film, I feel like I've been on a slow boat to New Orleans. Historically, I think the time frame for the film is in the early to mid 1800's, before the War of Nothern Agression.
It mentions the "frontier" and the Ohio Valley, which means the War of 1812 or so. As for the accents, pure mid-western Hollywood. No Louisiana talk here. After selling their goods in NOLA, then the boats are sold for the timber and then these men walk back home along the Natchez Trace. As far as the hemp remark from Spuz and me, you'll have to watch the film. Not a bad film, just a little slow.

Ray
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 11, 2005
Subject: Here come da' hemp!
VERY odd film about people living in the backwoods of Louisiana and their shipping, by way of a handmade flatboat (which is done very impressively by the way). What totally gets me is that I have absolutely NO idea when this thing was supposed to take place. Did this take place in the early 1920's? Or were there really people (shudder) like James who speaks like, uh, someone from Deliverance? A REAL curio, and is reccomended!
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